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Saint-Cloud

  • 13:30 Criterium International 7f 209y

  • (Group 1) €250,000 added 2yo 11 ran
  • Winner €143,025 2nd €54,100 3rd €26,875 4th €12,299
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:42:23

Full result

13:30 Saint-Cloud Result 30th October 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (9) French Fifteen (FR) 8-13 T Thulliez N Clement 2 7/1
opened 6/1 touched 7/1
2nd (7) Pakal (GER) 8-13 O Peslier Mario Hofer 2 14/1
opened 14/1 touched 14/1
3rd (1) ½ Bonfire 8-13 J Fortune A M Balding 2 13/2
opened 7/1 touched 7/1
4th (10) Learn (IRE) 8-13 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 2 4/1j
opened 5/1 touched 5/1
Also Ran: Vasco Bere (FR) , Ice Cool (FR) , Saint Pellerin (GER) , Salair Haut (IRE) , Veneto (FR) , Swing Alone (IRE) , Kendam (FR)

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £11.30 Tote Place: £3.40,4.00,4.20
Straight Forecast: £101.74 Exacta: £89.20

Verdict

Act One, Dalakhani and Bago won consecutive renewals at the start of the century but recent winners haven't hit the same heights although 2010 victor Roderic O'Connor did claim the Irish Guineas. This didn't look to be a vintage renewal and went the way of the relatively exposed FRENCH FIFTEEN, a Listed winner who had won three of his five races, coming into the race. This was by far and away a career best from the Turtle Bowl colt who had been beaten in a Group Three last time and he is on the upgrade. Held-up in rear, he made smooth progress through the field and was well on top at the line although there was plenty of trouble in behind with the big eyecatcher of the race Andrew Balding's Bonfire who had an awful passage. Bonfire had impressively on a Salisbury maiden on debut and looked a colt of some potential here, travelling strongly and finishing powerfully once out in the clear. He attracted quotes for both the Guineas and the Derby and, although this may not have been the strongest race for the grade, he is clearly a colt of some potential and has a decent chance of staying a mile and a half next season. Pakal had only shown a fair level of form in Germany and was well placed given the way that the race developed; he should be up to winning a minor Pattern race. Learn was a shade disappointing in a race that his trainer had collected in three of the previous five years although this may have come soon enough on the back of his run in the Racing Post Trophy where he made the running for Camelot. He was again ridden positively but was fairly easily brushed aside in the closing stages and it's quickly become apparent that he is not one of the yard's leading lights.